residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü How to pronounce residue (audio) , -ˌdyü \

Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process : remnant, remainder: such as
a : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequests
b : the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5
c : a constituent structural unit (such as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein

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Examples of residue in a Sentence

The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers. The divorce left a residue of pain in the family. There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor. She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.
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Recent Examples on the Web Dulken said crews will try to take advantage of the dry weather to find residue and clean it out. oregonlive, "‘Unprecedented’ use of tear gas against Portland protesters prompts state regulators to call for environmental testing," 31 July 2020 The officer found a large meth pipe containing residue inside the suspect’s purse that was on the passenger’s seat, the location to which Axel was attentive. cleveland, "Man webs yarn about buying tarantula: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 2 July 2020 Let the pan cool before emptying, rinsing and wiping out residue. — Stephanie H., Rockingham, Va. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Mom wants to serve Shrimp Dijon when son comes home," 1 July 2020 Curb the overuse of detergent to reduce the presence of soap residue in fabrics, which can lend a dingy appearance and cause skin irritation. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "What is laundry stripping, TikTok’s new favorite way to clean?," 7 July 2020 The material is so toxic that the processor mixes it with kiln dust, a by-product of making cement, after which it's incinerated before the residue is dumped at a hazardous-waste landfill. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "State and feds announce new way to combat 'green slime' still flowing in Madison Heights," 1 July 2020 Battery fire experts say the flammable glycol coolant in the Model S system could cause or exacerbate a battery fire if the fluid or its residue contacts a broken battery cell after a crash. Los Angeles Times, "Tesla battery cooling system is subject of federal safety probe," 1 July 2020 Environmental officials have said toxic residue from the fireworks pose a pollution threat to the national memorial’s drinking water. Fredrick Kunkle, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Salute to America’ cost double the usual July 4 activities," 26 June 2020 Leftover dirt, grime, and suds can leave a white residue that will require another wash. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "Here’s What Causes That White Residue on Freshly Washed Clothes," 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of residue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for residue

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain

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The first known use of residue was in the 14th century

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5 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Residue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/residue. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for residue

residue

noun
How to pronounce residue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of residue

: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed
formal : the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü How to pronounce residue (audio) , -ˌdyü \

Kids Definition of residue

: whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈrez-ə-ˌd(y)ü How to pronounce residue (audio) \

Medical Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues in a protein

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residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü How to pronounce residue (audio) \

Legal Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, taxes, and legacies other than residuary legacies

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